A classic California zinfandel, with cherry cola on the nose, fresh strawberry and tart red cherries coming through on the full soft palate, plus a pleasing hint of vanilla on the finish. Our house zin is made for us by Delicato Family Vineyards from some of their oldest vines, bringing great…
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Rapsani Terra Petra for my dinner party wine - because I absolutely love Apostolos Thymiopoulos’ wines, I’d imagine my guests wouldn’t have tried it but that they would definitely enjoy it and also I think they’d be impressed by my pronunciation of Xinomavro
The perfect celebration Champagne: generous and fruity, while maintaining an effortless lightness of touch, this pinot noir-dominant blend has an irresistible touch of brioche on the palate, rounding out the flavour beautifully.
Just the other side of that reef, a little too far out to swim is a container-load of Krug that fell off a China bound tanker. Each day a bottle washes ashore, same place, same time!
(Time to wake up???)
I took the Rapsani the other week to a good mate going through hard times. We sat down and talked through (or rather I listened to) the goings-on in his life. He’s not a particular wine aficionado, and generally drinks humdrum stuff, although he has recently joined The Society, so his quality threshold is increasing all the while.
We opened the Rapsani and the first sip interrupted his train of thought. His eyes widened and for the first time, after the inevitable ‘Wow!’, he sat and contemplated a wine. He thanked me for the interruption later.
Ahhhhh I meant a desert island wine to be your dream wine (sorry, should have been a bit more explicit)
My winter warmer would be a society exhibition rioja - How can oak, ripe fruit and alcohol not make your world better?! I cycle 365 days a year, including in the snow, so the thought of ripe cherry and buttery toast is enough to keep me going through the journey!
Dinner party wine would be the Greywacke wild sauvignon blanc - Absolutely sensational - Loads of mlf, a little bit of oak, yet with the impact that you’d expect from a sauvignon
Desert island wine would be the most mushroomy, dried fruity, smoky Brunello I could get my hands on!
My diner party wine to show off my wine lover credentials would be
Not a common grape but made into a delicious white at a vineyard right by the sea. Goes well with prawns or any other seafood.
The last wine I would drink (in a good way) on a desert island would have to be one for a celebration as I assume the last wine means my rescue is imminent. So although champagne isn’t my favourite wine I do like it and rescue calls for something sparkly. The two that have made the most impression on me are Ruinart Blanc de Blanc and Harrods NV own label which had the most sustained and creamy bubbles in the mouth I have ever tasted. Tough call but as it’s a big celebration let’s not be cheapskate with the own label vino and go for the Ruinart!
My choices will probably change by next week, but right now I’d go for:
Depends on the audience. If I know it’ll be appreciated something like a Crozes Hermitage from Domaine de Thalabert. I once took a 98 Leoville Barton to Christmas dinner (which was only possible because of a Christmas bonus at the time) and ended up with half a glass while the rest got guzzled. Heart breaking.
Desert Island wine
One of the best wines I’ve ever had was 1993 Cristal. Not even a particularly notable vintage but had complexity for days!
My current wine obsession almost leads me to say Cru Beaujolais for all three questions.
It’s definitely my answer to the first two. A Morgon for the winter warmer (I had a Guy Breton Vielle Vignes 2016 last weekend which was banging!). The last bottle of wine I did take over to other wine friends was a Le Grappin Saint Amour 2017.
I’m less sure about the desert island wine. I’m possibly over thinking it and working out if I am left with a supply of it for my desert island, (i.e. the islands house wine) or if I get just one bottle. Probably Champagne Bereche Brut Reserve meets a happy medium between the two.